PHILADELPHIA – The Big Green used back-to-back home runs from Katie Adams (Kent, Wash.) and Kathy Dzienkowski (Austin, Texas) to take a 6-2 win over Penn in the second game of Saturday’s Ivy League Championship Series doubleheader. The win forces a decisive game three on Sunday to determine the 2013 Ivy League Championship. The Quakers won the first game, 1-0.
“The team displayed a lot of grit and determination today,” said head coach Rachel Hanson. “Tough loss to a strong pitcher in the first game and our team came right back in game two. Rumley pitched well in both games and Katie Adams had a very timely home run to put us ahead in the second game.
We’re already looking ahead to tomorrow’s game. I expect both teams will come out strong and we’ll have a great battle.”
Game One: Penn Takes Game One Of Ivy League Championship Series Behind Borden’s Arm (Penn 1, Dartmouth 0)
The host Quakers (29-18) got off to a strong with Alexis Borden setting down each of Dartmouth’s batters in the first inning. The visiting Big Green also had a strong start, as Kristen Rumley (Katy, Texas) retired the first three batters in order.
The Quakers took an early 1-0 lead in the second inning. Penn put the first base runner on with an error from the Dartmouth shortstop and followed that with a hit to center field. Dahlerbruch, who reached on a single, moved to second on a Brooke Coloma steal. After a strikeout, Dahlerbruch moved to third on a throw while Coloma was out with a pick off. Penn plated their lone run on a single from Guattadauro.
Kelsey Miller (Mansfield, Texas) placed a hit just over Quaker shortstop Stephanie Caso to give Dartmouth its first hit in the top of the third but was left stranded after a strikeout and groundout to end the inning.
Penn added another hit in the third inning from Sydney Turchin and with a steal and groundout was able to advance to third but a strikeout kept the Quakers from extending their lead.
Dartmouth looked as if it might get another hit in the fourth inning when second baseman Hillary Hubert (Grant Park, Ill.) nailed a line drive to second base, but Penn’s Samantha Erosa made a fully extended catch to keep the Big Green off the bases.
The pitchers were the story of the first contest. Borden threw the complete game and tossed 11 strikeouts, while Rumley also tossed a complete game with six strikeouts. Rumley became Dartmouth's single-season strikeout leader in today's contests and currently has 183 strikeouts. She also overtakes the top spot on the career strikeouts list with 334 Ks.
Despite not having a base runner in the final four innings of the contest, Hubert looked as if she might tie the game in the seventh inning. She nailed a shot to centerfield that had the distance but got hung up in the air just long enough for Penn’s Jessica Melendez to make the catch.
PENN 1, Dartmouth 0 (May 04, 2013 at Philadelphia, Pa.) (Game 1)
Dartmouth........... 000 000 0 - 0 1 2 (25-19, 15-5)
PENN................ 010 000 X - 1 4 0 (29-17, 16-4)
Game Two: Katie Adams Home Run Sends Big Green to 6-2 Victory (Dartmouth 6, Penn 2)
The second game was a battle from the outset but Dartmouth (26-19) took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning. Penn pitcher Alexis Borden walked Megan Averitt (Alameda, Calif.) to open the inning and after a fly out Hubert moved her with a single through the left side. Both Averitt and Hubert moved a base with a wild pitch while Averitt was awarded home on an obstruction call from the home plate umpire.
The Quakers, who were the road team in the contest, looked as if they might strike in the top of the second inning. After a strikeout from Rumley to open the action, Guttadauro nailed a single through the left side. She was moved to second on a single from Stephanie Caso down the right field line, putting two runners in scoring position but the threat was thwarted with a fly out to close the inning.
Dartmouth took a 2-0 lead courtesy of a RBI double from Katie McEachern (San Diego, Calif.) and added another hit as Averitt opened the inning with a leadoff single.
The Big Green lead would be short-lived as Penn sent two around the bases with a two-run home run over the left centerfield wall from Jessica Melendez. The game remained tied until the sixth inning when the Big Green bats got hot.
Dartmouth opened the inning with a leadoff walk of McEachern. First baseman Morgan McCalmon (Norman, Okla.) reached on an error and moved to second on the throw, putting two runners in scoring position. Katie Adams (Kent, Wash.) cleared the bases in her next at bat with a long ball to left center, breaking the stalemate and putting Dartmouth ahead, 5-2. Adams' home run was her third in the last three-games as she also nailed a two bombs in the second game against Harvard last weekend.
Not to be outdone, Dzienkowksi added a home run of her own, her second of the season, extending the Big Green lead to 6-2. Rumley retired the side in the seventh inning and sent Dartmouth to its 26th win of the season.
Adams led the way in the second game, going 2-of-3 with a run scored and three RBI. The Big Green out-hit the Quakers, 7-5, and had just one error. Rumley picked up her 22nd win of the season, tying the single-season record and scattered five hits in her second complete game of the afternoon while tossing seven strikeouts.
Dartmouth 6, PENN 2 (May 04, 2013 at Philadelphia, Pa.) (Game 2)
PENN................ 000 200 0 - 2 5 3 (29-18, 16-4)
Dartmouth........... 101 004 X - 6 7 1 (26-19, 15-5)
Pitchers: PENN - Borden; Li(6) and Arneson. Dartmouth - Rumley, Kristen and St. Romain, Alex. Win-Rumley, Kristen(22-8) Loss-Borden(16-10) T-1:46 A-450 HR PENN - Melendez. HR DART - Adams, Katie; Dzienkowski, Kathy.
Weather: 69*, Sunny, 11 MPH ENE
The Big Green will take on Penn at 1 p.m. on Sunday in the decisive third game to decide who will win the 2013 Ivy League Championship and who receives the automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.